[unrev-II] Microsoft -- extending its tentacles

From: Jack Park (jackpark@thinkalong.com)
Date: Mon Oct 22 2001 - 09:34:33 PDT

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    A LESS tenacious company might have cancelled the event. But not Microsoft,
    the world's largest software company. On October 25th, it will release the
    new version of its flagship computer operating system, Windows XP, at a
    splashy launch in a theatre in New York. “We want this event to help remind
    the world that New York still represents strength and determination,” Bill
    Gates, Microsoft's founder and chief software architect, said recently.
    Yet more than anything, Microsoft wants to remind the world that it too is
    back. It has been through years of internal squabbling and fighting to
    catch up with the Internet—and, most distracting of all, a long and messy
    antitrust trial that remains unresolved (although Microsoft has at least
    now escaped the threat of a break-up). Windows XP is certainly the right
    product to make that point. Even inveterate trashers of Microsoft's
    software have been pleasantly surprised. Windows XP is the first consumer
    version of the 15-year-old program in which crashing does not seem to come
    as a standard feature.

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